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Saquon Barkley Penn State Running Back 5-11, 229, 4.49, #26 Coplay, Pa. Whitehall 2/7/1997
12/06/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Saquon Barkley, Penn State,...Barkley ranks No. 2 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (179.50)...Ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big Ten in kickoff return touchdowns (2)...Ranks No. 10 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten in kickoff return average (28.4)...Is the 24th FBS player to produce 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season since 2000...Ranks No. 10 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (16)...Owns nine games with 200-plus all-purpose yards in his career (four in 2016, five in 2017).
12/06/17 - 2017 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER: Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) has been selected as the Paul Hornung Award winner for the most versatile player in college football. He is the first Penn State player to win the honor and the second-straight Big Ten student-athlete (Michigan's Jabrill Peppers). Barkley will be recognized at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet in Louisville, Kentucky on March 7, 2018.
"It is an honor to win an award like the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football," Barkley said. "I am so appreciative of Mr. Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission for selecting me for this very special honor. I have to give a lot of the credit to my teammates and coaches, they are the reason that I am in position to win this award and I could not have done it without them. I also want to thank our amazing fans at Penn State. We Are!""
A three-year starter at Penn State, Barkley established himself as one of the best players in college football very early in his career, becoming the only player in program history to record 3,000+ rushing yards and 1,000+ receiving yards in his career. His production tailed off in 2017, but that was largely due to defenses game-planning to not let him beat them. Barkley offers a unique mix of power and athleticism with the explosive traits that makes him dangerous any time the ball is in his hands. The great runners consistently gain more yardage than what is blocked for them and Barkley does that, however, his tendency to stop his feet in the backfield is a concern and could hold him back until improved. Drawing similarities to LaDainian Tomlinson, Barkley is a clean football player on and off the field and his versatility as a runner and receiver makes him an immediate weapon in the NFL.
BACKGROUND A four-star running back recruit out of high school, Saquon Barkley was considered a top-three recruit in Pennsylvania, also lettering in basketball and track – won the gold medal in the Colonial League 100-meters. He originally committed to Rutgers the fall of his junior year before flipping to Penn State the following spring once James Franklin took over as head coach. Barkley emerged as the starting running back as true freshman in 2015, leading the Nittany Lions with 1,076 rushing yards on 182 carries and seven scores to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He had his most productive season as a sophomore with 1,496 rushing yards on 272 carries and a conference-best 18 touchdowns, leading the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (140.9) to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors.
STRENGTHS Sculpted, athletic body type and has worked hard to pack on muscle to his frame. Able to make athletic movements in any direction with twitchy stop-and-shake skills. Springs in his calves to make sharp cuts without gearing down. Vision to anticipate cutback lanes and find escape routes. Instant acceleration through the hole and sustains his speed to be a home run threat. Runs low to the ground with the core strength and leg drive to finish through contact. Natural pass-catching skills with fluid body control. Improved details as a route runner to separate from linebackers and safeties out of the backfield or in the slot. Doesn’t shy from taking on contact as a blocker. Experienced kickoff returner, averaging over 27 yards in college with two kickoff return touchdowns. Hardworking and humble with instilled work ethic, getting the most out of his ability. Genuine individual with unselfish character. Finished his career top-three in several rushing categories in Penn State history. – Dane Brugler 11/28/2017
WEAKNESSES Overly patient at times with a bad habit of stopping his feet in the backfield. Abandons developing holes too quickly, looking to bounce runs outside instead of taking what is available – scorer’s mentality gets him in trouble searching for home runs instead of taking the singles or doubles. Will have the occasional focus lapse as a receiver and needs to improve his consistency on throws away from his body. Too much of a catcher in pass protection and needs to develop an aggressive punch to stay off his heels. Only four 100-yard games as a junior. – Dane Brugler 11/28/17
COMPARES TO: LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers – With his lower body explosiveness and ability to create big plays in different ways, Barkley flashes Tomlinson-esque impact with the ball in his hands. But perhaps the best similarity between the two talents is their ability to impact the game both rushing and receiving.
IN OUR VIEW: Barkley is a clean football player on and off the field and his versatility as a runner and receiver makes him an immediate weapon in the NFL. He belongs in the conversation with Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley for the distinction of best running back prospect to enter the NFL over the last decade.
--As of 12-16-17, before Dec. 30 Playstation Fiesta Bowl: Owns Penn State's all-time rushing touchdown record (39), surpassing Lydell Mitchell's previous mark of 38 from 1969-71 against Nebraska (11/18/17)...Is the Penn State career all-purpose yards leader with 5,279 yards...Owns nine games with 200-plus all-purpose yards in his career (four in 2016, five in 2017)...Is 1-of-2 Nittany Lions to reach the 5,000 all-purpose yard mark and the ninth player in school history to eclipse the 4,000 all-purpose yard mark.
Set the school record with a touchdown scored in 15-straight games, a streak that began at Purdue (10/29/16) and ended at Michigan State (11/4/17)...Is the only player in Penn State history and just the fourth in Big Ten student-athlete to gain 3,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a career...The lone Nittany Lion with rush and reception of 80-plus yards in a career...Became the seventh player in Penn State history to reach 3,000 yards rushing in a career...Ranks No. 2 on Penn State's career rushing list with 3,629 yards, trailing Evan Royster (3,932; 2007-10) for the program record...Is just the second player in Penn State history with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining Royster...Ranks No. 8 with 14 career 100-yard games (five in 2015, five in 2016, four in 2017), including three 200-yard efforts (two in 2016, one in 2017)...Owns the career record for receiving yards by a running back with 1,153 yards, passing Tony Hunt's mark of 799 yards (2003-06) vs. Georgia State (9/16/17), doing so with 26 fewer receptions...Ranks tied for No. 16 in Penn State history with 94 career receptions, equaling Joe Jurevicius' mark and trailing Tony Johnson (107; 2000-03) for No. 15.
Was the 30th Nittany Lion and first running back in PSU history to top the 1,000-yard receiving mark...Joins teammates Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton as the second RB/WR/TE trio to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards in Big Ten history (Purdue, 1982-85: WR Steve Griffin, 2,234 yards; RB Rodney Carter, 1,814 yards; TE Marty Scott, 1,247 yards)...Ranks No. 23 on Penn State career receiving yards list with 1,153 yards...Is No. 2 in Penn State history with 294 career points scored...His 294 points are the most in Penn State history by a non-kicker, as he passed Lydell Mitchell's 246 points from 1969-71 vs. Michigan (10/21/17)...His 49 touchdowns scored are the most by a Penn Stater, surpassing Mitchell's 41 touchdowns from 1969-71...Has 106 rushes of 10 or more yards in his career (34 in 2015, 46 in 2016, 26 in 2017).
Owns 11 multi-rushing touchdown games in his career (two in 2015, four in 2016, five in 2017)...Has 15 multi-touchdown games (two in 2015, six in 2016, seven in 2017)...Owns four career games with three-or-more touchdowns (two in 2016, two in 2017)...Had a streak of 14 consecutive games with at least one rush of 20 yards snapped at Rutgers (11/19/16), a streak that was the second-longest in college football in the last 20 years (19 - LaMichael James, Oregon [2008-10])...Owns six career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (two in 2016, four in 2017), which ranks tied for No. 5 in Big Ten history...Has two Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (both in 2017)...Earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice in 2015...His six Player of the Week honors in 2017 (four offensive, two special teams) are the most in a single season in Big Ten history.
-- As of 12-16-17, before Dec. 30 Playstation Fiesta Bowl): Broke the program record for receptions by a running back with his second catch vs. Nebraska, eclipsing Larry Johnson's 41 grabs during the 2002 season, and has 46 catches in 2017...Is one of two Penn Staters with multiple 100-point seasons, scoring 114 in 2017 and 132 in 2016, joining Kevin Kelly (2005-08)...His 2014 points in 2017 are tied for No. 10 on the single season scoring list, trailing Richie Anderson (116; 1992) for No. 9...Is tied for the program single season record with two kickoff return touchdowns, equaling the marks of Chuck Peters (1940), Curt Warner (1980) and Derrick Williams (2008).
Ranks No. 2 on the single season all-purpose yards list with 2,070 yards in 2017, just the second player in program history to eclipse the 2,000 all-purpose yard mark (Larry Johnson, 2,655; 2002)...Is one of only three Penn Staters to reach the 1,500-all-purpose yard mark twice in a career...Has 19 touchdowns in 2017, which rank tied for No. 6 on the single season charts, trailing Curtis Enis (20; 1997) for No. 5...His 14 rushing touchdowns in 2017 are tied for No. 8 on the single season charts, trailing John Cappelletti (17; 1973) for No. 7...Teamed with Trace McSorley (10) as the third set of Penn Staters with 10-plus rushing touchdowns in a single season, joining Royster (12) and Daryll Clark (10) in 2008 and Charlie Pittman (10) and Mitchell (10) in 1969. 2016:: Finished No. 5 on Penn State's single-season rushing yardage chart with 1,496 yards in 2016.
Broke the sophomore rushing record formerly held by Evan Royster (1,236; 2008) with 1,496 yards in 2016...Owns the sophomore scoring record and ranked No. 4 on the single-season scoring list with 132 points, passing Kevin Kelly's sophomore mark of 96 points (2006)...Barkley and Tyler Davis (128) became the first set of teammates to score 100 points in the same season in Penn State history...Broke the sophomore rushing touchdowns record with his 14th score of 2016 at Rutgers (11/19) in the third quarter and finished with 18 rushing scores...Became the first Nittany Lion since Zach Zwinak (12; 2013) to score 10-plus touchdowns in a season...His 22 overall touchdowns (18 rushing, 4 receiving) are No. 4 on the single-season charts...The 22 total touchdowns are the most since Larry Johnson scored 23 in 2002.
His 18 rushing touchdowns tied Richie Anderson (1992) for No. 5 on Penn State's single-season charts...Finished No. 2 on Penn State's single-season all-purpose yards list with 1,927 yards in 2016, the highest total since Johnson's school-record 2,655 yards in 2002. 2015: Broke Penn State's freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yards in 2015, surpassing D.J. Dozier's mark of 1,002 set in 1983...His 2015 season effort ranks 17th on the Penn State single-season rushing charts...Finished tied for first place on the Penn State true freshman season rushing touchdown (Dozier, 7) and 100-yard rushing games lists (Dozier, 5)...Broke Penn State freshman (true or redshirt) season record for all-purpose yards with 1,237, surpassing the mark set by Dozier (1,191; 1983)...Owns the single season record for receiving yards by a running back (448; 2017), topping his own record of 402 yards set in 2016.
Selected one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award...Named to the Big Ten Preseason Honor Roll...Named to the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch Lists...Named to the Dante Hall Award Watch List...Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after his 200-yard rushing performance vs. Maryland...Named CBS National Player of the Week and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after totaling 277 all-purpose yards at Purdue (10/29)...Became the first two-time B1G Offensive Player of the Week since Daryll Clark won the award twice in 2009...Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29)...Named Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after piling up 211 all-purpose yards vs. Iowa (11/5).
Started nine games...Six rushing touchdowns in the first three games of the season are the most by a Penn State player since Evan Royster (6) in 2008...Seven combined offensive touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving) were the most by a Penn State player since Lydell Mitchell had seven to begin the 1971 season...Became the first Nittany Lion since Zach Zwinak (12, 2013) to score 10-plus touchdowns in a season...His 13 overall touchdowns (11 rushing, 2 receiving) are tied for No. 8 on the single season charts...The 13 total touchdowns are the most since Tony Hunt scored 14 (11 rushing, 3 receiving) in 2006...His 11 rushing touchdowns are tied for No. 15 on Penn State's single season charts...Leads the Big Ten and is No. 15 in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (117.2 ypg)... Is No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 14 nationally in all-purpose yards (147.67 ypg)... Is No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (11)...Ranks No. 13 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big Ten in total touchdowns (13)...Is No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 29 nationally in yards per carry (6.32 ypc)...Is No. 39 nationally and No. 5 in the conference in scoring (8.7 ppg).
Kent State (9/3): Posted his first 100-yard game of the season and sixth for his career with 105 yards on 22 carries...Made one catch for 17 yards...Scored his first touchdown of the season on a 7-yard burst to the pylon off the right side in the second quarter. at Pitt (9/10): Accounted for 147 all-purpose yards...Carried 20 times for 85 yards and four touchdowns...Caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown...Returned one kickoff for 17 yards...Had rushing scores of 3, 1, 1 and 2 yards in the game...Caught a then-career-long 40 yard grab for a touchdown in the third quarter...Accounted for 30 points in the game...The 30 points are tied for No. 4 in Penn State history (fifth occasion)...First Nittany Lion with 30 points since Ki-Jana Carter vs. Michigan State in 1994...His 30 points are the most by a Big Ten player since Melvin Gordon had 30 tallies against Bowling Green in 2014...The four rushing touchdowns are the most by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson had four vs. Michigan State in 2002. Temple (9/17): Carried nine times for 68 yards and one touchdown...Touchdown run covered 55 yards...Caught two passes for seven yards. at Michigan (9/24): Carried the ball 15 times for 59 yards...Made five receptions for a career-high 77 yards...The 77 receiving yards are the most for a running back since Stephfon Green had one catch for 80 yards and a touchdown against Michigan in 2008.
Totaled 136 all-purpose yards...Led Penn State in rushing and receiving, the first player to do so since 2014 (Akeel Lynch, at Illinois). Minnesota (10/1): Rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries...Juked his way to a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime to help Penn State reclaim the Governor's Victory Bell...Also caught one pass. Maryland (10/8): Logged his first career 200-yard game and became the 15th Penn Stater to eclipse the 200-yard mark with 202 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries...Scored on a 45-yard burst late in the second quarter...His 202 rushing yards were the most since Larry Johnson's 279 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002...The 202 yards rushing rank No. 24 on the single game Penn State charts, tied with John Cappelletti (vs. Maryland, 1972). Ohio State (10/22): Carried the ball 12 times for 99 yards...Posted three carries of 10 yards or more, including a 37-yard tote in the fourth quarter that set up Trace McSorley's 2-yard touchdown run. at Purdue (10/29): Totaled a Penn State sophomore-record 277 all-purpose yards (207 rushing, 70 receiving), which ranks No. 14 all-time at Penn State...The 207 yards rushing and 277 all-purpose yards were both career highs...His 207 rushing yards marked his second 200-yard rushing effort of the year, marking the first time since 2002 a Penn Stater posted multiple 200-yard rushing games in a single season (4, Larry Johnson).
Posted seven rushes of 10 yards or more, including a career-long 81-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter...The 81-yard run is the ninth-longest rush in school history and eighth-longest touchdown rush in the Penn State record books...Caught three passes for 70 yards. Iowa (11/5): Carried the ball 18 times for 167 yards and one touchdown...Caught one pass for 44 yards and a touchdown...Accumulated 211 total yards in the game, making him the first Penn State player with back-to-back games of 200-plus total yards since Larry Johnson in 2002...Hauled in a 44-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, a career-long reception and the longest TD catch by a running back since Evan Royster in 2009 (49-yards vs. Syracuse)...Broke a 57-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his longest career scoring rush at Beaver Stadium.
Broke Penn State's freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yards, surpassing D.J. Dozier's mark of 1,002 set in 1983...Ended the season ranked No. 16 on the Penn State single season rushing charts...Finished tied for first place on the Penn State true freshman season rushing touchdown (Dozier, 7) and 100-yard rushing games list (Dozier, 5)...Ranks 40th on Penn State's career rushing list with 1,076 yards...Named second team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Named to Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News and USA Today's Freshman All-America team...Earned ESPN.com True Freshman All-America honors...Selected BTN.com Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned BTN.com All-Freshman Team laurels...Named Athlon Sports Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Year...Selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year...Garnered second team All-Big Ten honors from the Associated Press and Athlon Sports...Earned ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team accolades...Named Sports on Earth's Best Offensive Freshman...Selected as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Sept. 14) after his performance against Buffalo...Claimed second-straight Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Sept. 21) honor after his effort versus Rutgers...Four-time ECAC Freshman of the Week selection (9/22, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10).
Appeared in 11 games with six starts, missing two games due to injury...Ranked 34th in the FBS and No. 4 in the Big Ten in yards per carry (5.9 ypc)...Ranked 34th in the NCAA and third in the conference with 97.8 rushing yards per game, which is skewed by having just one carry in the season opener vs. Temple and missing three quarters in the San Diego State game...Ranked No. 2 in the nation among true freshmen running backs with 1,076 yards...Ranked 64th nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (112.45)...Made his first career start at Maryland (10/24)...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game...Was one of five true freshmen to see action...Had five 100-yard rushing performances...Had 34 rushes of 10 or more yards with career-long runs of 56 yards at Ohio State and vs. Michigan...Logged runs of 54 and 40 yards against Rutgers...Ranked 11th in the FBS and No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushes of 20 or more yards (16)...Tied for 24th in the FBS and No. 2 in the conference in rushes of 30 or more yards (6)...Had 310 yards in back-to-back games against Buffalo and Rutgers, which was the highest total by a true freshman RB in a two-game span since D.J. Dozier had 359 in 1983 (vs. Rutgers and Alabama).
Is only the second true freshman to have back-to-back 100-yard games, joining Dozier, who had four consecutive 100-yard games in 1983...Is the first PSU RB to have back-to-back games with a 100-yard rushing quarter since Larry Johnson in 2002 against Indiana and Michigan State. at Temple (9/5): Rushed one time for one yard. Buffalo (9/12): Rushed 12 times for a team-best 115 yards and his first career touchdown...Carried the ball eight times for 101 yards in the fourth quarter...Became the first true freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since Silas Redd had 131 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown against Northwestern in 2010...Scored his first career touchdown on a 9-yard scamper in the fourth quarter...Had a 33-yard burst on Penn State's first play of the fourth quarter...Teamed with Brandon Polk to become the first true freshmen duo to score touchdowns in the same game since Justin King and Derrick Williams both had touchdown receptions in the 2005 at Northwestern...Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. Rutgers (9/19): Ran for a team- and career-best 195 yards and two touchdowns...His 195 rushing yards were the most by a Penn State true freshman since Eric McCoo had 206 against Michigan State in 1998...Had 119 yards rushing on seven carries in the fourth quarter...Teamed with Akeel Lynch (120 yards) to mark the first Big Ten Conference game that Penn State had two 100-yard rushers since Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark vs. Northwestern in 2010...Was a part of a backfield that rushed for 330 yards, the most by Penn State since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...Selected as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. San Diego State (9/26): Caught his first career pass, a 22-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass to open the scoring in the first quarter...Is the first Penn State player to have a touchdown on his first career reception since Jesse James (Navy, 2012)...His receiving touchdown was the first by a PSU running back since Bill Belton (Akron, 2014)...Gained 62 yards on eight rushes...Played the first quarter and just one series in the second quarter before leaving the game with an injury.
Paired with Mark Allen to become the first Penn State running back duo to have touchdown receptions in the same game since 2006 at Minnesota (Tony Hunt & Matt Hahn). at Ohio State (10/17): Rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries...Posted a season-long 56-yard rush in the fourth quarter...Posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season to tie him for No. 2 on the Penn State true freshman list with McCoo and Curtis Enis...His 194 rushing yards rank No. 3 on the true freshman rushing list, behind his 195 yards vs. Rutgers and McCoo's 206 yards vs. Michigan State in 1998...Is just the second player to rush for more than 175 yards at Ohio Stadium since 2000 (Tevin Coleman in 2014). vs. Maryland (10/24): Made his first career start...Gained 65 yards on 20 carries...Scored his fourth rushing TD of the season in the first quarter -- a 6-yard scamper. Illinois (10/31): Ran the ball 20 times for 84 yards, including a long of 13 yards...Caught three passes for 58 yards...Scored on a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, hurdling two defenders to get into the end zone. at Northwestern (11/7): Posted his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 120 yards on 25 carries...Scored two rushing touchdowns...Also had 50 receiving yards on a career-high six catches...Led the team with 170 all-purpose yards. Michigan (11/21): Rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries...Tied his career long with a 56-yard run in the first quarter...Caught two passes for 19 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Broke the Penn State freshman (true or redshirt) rushing record with his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season...Gained 103 yards on 17 carries...Caught three passes for minus-one yard. vs. Georgia (1/2): Carried the ball 17 times for 69 yards...Caught five passes for 13 yards...Ranked second on the team with 82 all-purpose yards.
Three-year letterman and team captain his senior year at Whitehall High School for head coach Brian Gilbert...First-team all-state (AAAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...Rushed for 1,856 yards, 8.6 yards per carry and recorded 31 total touchdowns his senior year...Had three interceptions and five tackles for loss as a senior...Two-time All-Lehigh Valley Conference selection...Helped lead Whitehall to league titles as a sophomore and junior...Rushed for 1,506 yards and recorded 27 touchdowns as a junior...Tallied 284 rushing yards and five total scores as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the ninth-best running back in the nation and the top prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports.com...Rated by Scout.com among the top five prospects in the state...Participated in The Opening, held on Nike's campus in summer 2014...Played in Offense-Defense Bowl...Lettered in basketball and track...Won the gold medal in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys 100 meters.
Full name is Saquon Barkley...Son of Alibay Barkley and Tonya Johnson...Has two brothers, Rashard Johnson and Ali Barkley, and two sisters, Shaquona and Aliyah Barkley...Father participated in boxing in college...Brother, Rashard, played football and wrestled...Hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends and reading...Plans on majoring in business...Born February 7, 1997 in Bronx, N.Y.
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03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Winners: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State...The NFL world already knew Barkley was an athletic freak, but that didn't make his Combine performance any less exciting. At 233 pounds, he registered a 4.40 40-yard dash with a 41-inch vertical and 29 reps on the bench press. Arguably the best prospect in the 2018 draft class, Barkley is far from a perfect prospect on tape, but his athletic and strength profile is among the best at the running back position in recent memory. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/02/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Friday: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a freak -- something we all have known for quite some time. He clocked a 4.40 40-yard dash at 233 pounds, adding a 41-inch vertical and a 4.24 in the short shuttle. Barkley entered the week as arguably the best player in the draft and he only confirmed that with his Combine workout Friday. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/02/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Friday: The premier event of the annual NFL Scouting Combine got off to a blazing start Friday with Arizona State's 6-foot-2, 228-pound running back Kalen Ballage clocking in at 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, only to see Penn State's Saquon Barkley steal back the spotlight moments later by clocking a 4.41 at 233 pounds. That was an hour or so after Barkley registered a jaw-dropping 41-inch vertical jump. The explosiveness Barkley showed was no surprise, only solidifying his case as this draft's preeminent athlete and a future top-five pick. He might go as early as No. 1 overall to Cleveland or would be a terrific fit for the New York Giants at No. 2. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Running back Measurements: The underclassmen running backs tipped the scales at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday morning, with several notable results, starting with the top running back in the draft, Penn State's Saquon Barkley. He did not disappoint. Barkley measured at 6-0 and 233 pounds with 9 1/2-inch hands and 31 3/8-inch arms. Known as a warrior in the weight room, his muscles have muscles, sporting a sculpted frame in front of scouts. If he posts impressive numbers in the agility drills at 233 pounds, the buzz will only intensify. Could Barkley be in play for the New York Giants at No. 2 overall? General manager Dave Gettleman didn't rule it out. "The whole 'running back position is devalued' is a big myth," Gettleman said Wednesday morning at the Scouting Combine. "You take the best players when you can. If a player is worthy of a second overall pick in any draft, you take him." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Quotes: How different is Penn State RB Saquon Barkley now from when he visited Penn State for a game as a high school sophomore? "That was unbelievable. He was going to Rutgers. Nothing against Rutgers and I don't mean anything against Rutgers, but in 2013 he came to the Michigan game and we beat Michigan in four overtimes. He came into the locker room after the game and I just remember him being very excited to be there and I said, ‘Yeah, but you're committed to Rutgers.' And I think at that time he said, ‘No, no, no,' one of those things. He was a great guy in the time that we got to know him and then James (Franklin) came in, recruited him. He committed to James and his crew and I mean the guy's been (an) unbelievable player. I've never met him other than that night at that game, but since then I have not seen him but he seems like such a great guy and (I'm) looking forward to meeting him here. He's meant a lot to Penn State, I know that." - Bill O'Brien, Head Coach, Texans